Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Fish oils may reduce risk of AMD

BBC News (6/9) reports that, according to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, "people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) should eat oily fish at least twice a week," because "omega-3 fatty acids found in abundance in" oily fish "appear to slow or even halt the progress of both early and late stage disease." For the study, researchers at Tufts University examined data on "almost 3,000 people taking part in a trial of vitamins and supplements." The team found that "progression to both dry and wet forms of advanced AMD disease was 25 percent less likely among those eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids." In addition, "people with advanced AMD who also consumed a" low glycemic-index diet and "who took supplemental antioxidant vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and zinc appeared to reduce their risk of disease progression by...up to 50 percent." The authors suggested that "eating two to three servings of fatty fish...every week would achieve the recommended daily intake (650mg) of omega-3."

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